I hate yard sales. Driving around at the behest of your better half on an otherwise perfectly beautiful weekend browsing through seldom used off items that other people found in a dusty corner of their basement and decided that they don’t want or can’t use anymore. That said, every now and then you can stumble across a real bargain. The same might be said for these three NHL players who were unceremoniously cast off from their former teams this past summer.
To most outside of Canada and six or seven “ice hockey” fans in the United States, Mike Comrie is better known as Hilary Duff’s husband. The nine year veteran is set to play for his sixth NHL team (he played for two of those five teams twice). Comrie must have a lucky rabbit’s foot hidden in somewhere in his hockey gear because in all likelihood he’s about to rejuvenate his career by landing on a line with Pens superstar Evgeny Malkin.
The 30-year-old Comrie has hit the 60 point threshold twice in his career and recorded some decent point-per-game ratio’s. Buyer beware though, he has played 70 or more games in only three of his nine seasons.
Two things working in Comrie’s favour here are the Penguins lack of scoring talent/depth and the fact that Malkin is coming off his worst season as an NHL player. Look for the former Art Ross trophy winner (Malkin, not Comrie!) to redeem himself and hit triple digits in points for the third time in four seasons with Comrie riding shotgun. It might be worth jumping on the Comrie bandwagon with a late pick and enjoy the 55-60 points.
Hopefully Patty O’Sullivan brought a little luck of the Irish with him to Carolina. He is about to suit up for his third team in what will be his fifth NHL season. O’Sullivan’s point totals have been trending downward since 2007-08 when he recorded 53 points.
Following that career year, O’Sullivan missed nearly all of training camp awaiting a new contract. He eventually signed a three year deal with the Kings before the start of the season, but the acrimony from those negotiations ultimately set in motion a trade to the Oilers at the deadline later that season.
In his 92 games in an Edmonton uniform, O’Sullivan recorded 40 points and his plus/minus was a couple of degrees colder than a February night in the (former) City of Champions at a combined minus-42. That lack of a complete game is what could derail him in Carolina.
In his last year of major junior hockey, O’Sullivan recorded 31 goals and 90 points in only 57 games. In his first professional season, the then 20-year-old scored an incredible 47 goals and 93 points, copping AHL Rookie of the Year honours.